ASSA ABLOY lives up to Living Building Challenge for Brock Environmental Center


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is one of the first buildings designed to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a certification that surpasses LEED qualifications.

LBC is a holistic approach to building that requires all project stakeholders to consider the life cycle impact of design, construction and operation of the structure. ASSA ABLOY’s products were chosen for their adherence to the stringent LBC guidelines, most notably that products offer transparency in how they are sourced and manufactured. 


The 929-square-meter Brock EnvironmentalCenter will support the CBF’s education, outreach, and advocacy and restoration initiatives. It is predicted to be net-zero energy, containing a wide variety of sustainable elements that include solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal wells, rain cisterns, waterless toilets and native landscaping. 


Adhering to LBC standards requires building materials companies to provide product declarations, from the recycled content to where they originated, as well as complete supply chain information. The building has approximately 1,000 different products, each of which needed this documentation.


Because of ASSA ABLOY’s focus onsustainability, we were able to speak a common language to communicate with the team, and the architect gave preference to their products because of the company’s shared commitment to the product declarations.

In addition to locks, hinges and plates, the architect selected Curries hollow metal doors and frames because of the extra insulation they provide, and Pemko weather stripping which prevents transfer of heat, a key consideration given the building’s waterfront site.